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Traffic offense in Zurich

I recently returned from Zurich and received a letter which looks like I ran a red light in Zurich. There were 2 other gals with me at the time and none of us remember running a red light. Is there someone who could translate a letter for me? It looks like the cost is 250 CHF. Could this be possible for running a red light?
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Old 31.05.2011, 06:46
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

yes and yes
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Old 31.05.2011, 07:09
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

Most likely 250 is for a red light, It should give a street address where the offence took place - where does it say ? Maybe we can confirm that, but I guess it doesn't really matter.
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Old 31.05.2011, 07:57
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I recently returned from Zurich and received a letter which looks like I ran a red light in Zurich. There were 2 other gals with me at the time and none of us remember running a red light. Is there someone who could translate a letter for me? It looks like the cost is 250 CHF. Could this be possible for running a red light?
Thanks for any help.
That's why they have cameras - just as well no other vehicles, or pedestrians were crossing, 'cos the 3 of you may not have seen them either.
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Old 31.05.2011, 07:58
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

Welcome to the forum. Thread moved from Travel Tips to Complaints Corner.
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Old 31.05.2011, 08:17
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

Did they send a picture of you at the crime scene with the letter? Thats worth putting on a frame, for 250 chf. hehehe
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

Yup, that's what an ignored red light costs and there are quite a few sneaky ones that you only notice if you are paying close attention - which is what you should be doing anyway, right?
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Old 31.05.2011, 19:23
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

not sure why it made it into complaints corner - for once the OP is not complaining about paying a fine, but merely asking about it
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

I got snapped by a red light camera when I lived in Baltimore. It cost me $75, which at my income level there, hurt my wallet a lot more than 250 francs here would! :/
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

do you come back to Switzerland at all? seeing that your location is USA? if not throw it away and forget about it.
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Old 31.05.2011, 21:31
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

I got one of those which was sent to my previous CH address, so I finally received it when it was already due by a couple of days. I called to explain the situation and that I will pay it immediately - no problem, I was told.

In addition, as I was totally sure I had been extremelly careful with red lights in Zurich, I took the chance to debate about why I got this fine (me being such a diligent driver): on the other side of the line, the guy/policeman told me he had the picture of my car, with the red light, he gave me details about the road, car brand and colour shade; which he offered to send a copy to me.

I paid it, period.
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Old 31.05.2011, 22:19
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do you come back to Switzerland at all? seeing that your location is USA? if not throw it away and forget about it.
i don't recommend it. always better to be clean with authorities, you never know what the future holds for us.
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Old 31.05.2011, 23:26
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do you come back to Switzerland at all? seeing that your location is USA? if not throw it away and forget about it.
This will work just dandy as long as the OP was not in a rental. In which case the rental co will be stuck with the fine and will deduct it from the OP's credit card along with a handling charge...
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Most likely 250 is for a red light, It should give a street address where the offence took place ...
I got one of these nice letters around beginning of March, explaining I had run a red light in Zurich on 24 December (on the way down to visit family for Christmas). The letter told me exactly where and when the infringement took place, and asked me to pay 185 CHFr. Time and place fit, but for the life of me I could *not* remember the red light. I think what upset me the most is that I am a good and careful driver, have been for over 30 years, and neither I nor the BF remember running through a red light. Mystery solved when I read on... the light had changed 0.8 seconds before I passed. According to the BF, in Germany they don't even start counting it as a traffic offense unless it's 3.0 seconds or more...!
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Old 01.06.2011, 22:36
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According to the BF, in Germany they don't even start counting it as a traffic offense unless it's 3.0 seconds or more...!
Plenty of time to get out of range of the camera if you gun it before you go through.
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Old 01.06.2011, 22:37
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Re: Traffic offense in Zurich

Well your boy friend is plainly wrong.

The same rule applies in Germany, you have to stop before the white line, and before the light changes to red.

Technically if you stop with part of the car across the white line you are guilty, but they might let you off if you write a nice letter.
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Old 01.06.2011, 22:44
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I recently returned from Zurich and received a letter which looks like I ran a red light in Zurich. There were 2 other gals with me at the time and none of us remember running a red light. Is there someone who could translate a letter for me? It looks like the cost is 250 CHF. Could this be possible for running a red light?
Thanks for any help.
Maybe you stopped but not early enough? The sensor is usually about 6 inches after the white line.

It is best to pay up as soon as possible. They always have a photo, and the costs become higher if you delay the payment.
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Old 01.06.2011, 22:53
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Well your boy friend is plainly wrong.
Thanks, I'll let him know. Seeing as he's German, been driving in Germany for approx. 35 years, and fairly knowledgeable, I assumed he would know what he's talking about. Main thing is, I hope you feel better now, having put that right so very tactfully...
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Old 02.06.2011, 06:03
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Thanks, I'll let him know. Seeing as he's German, been driving in Germany for approx. 35 years, and fairly knowledgeable, I assumed he would know what he's talking about. Main thing is, I hope you feel better now, having put that right so very tactfully...
If your boyfriend is German, then you are probably well adjusted to direct feedback anyways.
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Old 02.06.2011, 14:07
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Is there any point in being tactful?

The police have caught you breaking the law, you whine to the boy friend whom tells you the police are wrong, and he obviously wants to keep on good terms with you. Then you whine here and I tell you to pay up, quickly.

The alternative is for me to write "Oh you poor thing, those nasty, nasty policeman! Just go to a lawyer and spend CHF 2,000 and he will surely help you get off the fine"

But he won't be able to will he?

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